Research Storage

This article contains instructions for using the network share management tool at https://research-storage.uvm.edu. This tool allows users to view existing shares on netfiles02 and provision new shares on netfiles03. Network storage is accessible from a variety of operating systems and is automatically backed up once a day.

Who is eligible

Currently only faculty are eligible to provision 5 TB of free storage. Grad students should speak to their faculty sponsor about provisioning storage. If you are not a grad student or faculty and would like to provision storage, please consult this article.

Large shares

If you intend to create a share larger than 10 TB, please contact saa@uvm.edu.

Provision a share

If you are provisioning a share for the first time

1. Go to https://research-storage.uvm.edu.

2. Log in with your netid and password.

3. You will automatically be shown the form to provision a 5TB share. Enter a name for your share. Choose carefully, this cannot be changed in settings.

4. If you are the owner of any groups, you can assign this share to a specific group. This will allow members of that group to connect to your share. If you do not own any groups, it will default to the “none” group which means only you will have access. To make this share accessible to others, please request a new group here.

5. Click provision.

6. After a few minutes refresh the page and your dashboard will come up displaying information about your new share.

If you have previously provisioned a share on netfiles02

1. Go to https://research-storage.uvm.edu.

2. Log in with your netid and password.

3. Your dashboard will appear with information about your current netfiles02 shares. To provision a 5TB share scroll to the bottom of the page.

4. Enter a name for your share (a) and select what group has access to it (b). Choose the name carefully, this cannot be changed in settings. Only groups that you are the owner of will appear in this menu. If you do not own any groups, it will default to the “none” group which means only you will have access. To make this share accessible to others, please request a new group here.

5. Click provision.

6. After a few minutes, refresh the page. Details about your new share will display beneath your previous share.

Change share settings

While viewing your dashboard, click the settings button in the top right corner.

Change group settings

1. Click here to change which group can access your share. Only groups that you own will be visible here.

2. To manage members in a group or create a new one, click here.

Change snapshot retention

Click on the snapshot retention bar. You can choose either 30 days or 90 days. If you would like to use this share as “scratch space” and do not want backups, please contact saa@uvm.edu.

When you are done making changes click Save to return to the dashboard.

Snapshots impact your Quota

Space used by snapshots counts against your total quota.

How to connect

VPN or On-Campus Connection Required

You must be on campus or connected to the campus network via VPN to access your share

Windows

  1. Press the  + E keys on your keyboard. This will open the file explorer.
  2. Select This PC, then click on the Computer tab. From the toolbar that appears, click on Map network drive.
  3. Select an available drive letter from the dropdown menu. Enter the Folder address \\netfiles03\name-of-share
    • Make sure that both “Reconnect at sign-in” and “Connect using different credentials” are checked. Then click the Finish button
  4. When prompted for credentials, you’ll need to enter your Username in a specific format. You need to specify the domain with CAMPUS
      • Username: CAMPUS\netid
        Password: Your NetID password
  5. After authenticating, your Netfiles share will appear in the file explorer.

macOS

  1. Click Go and select Connect to Server
  2. Enter the Netfiles server address: smb://netfiles03/name_of_share then click Connect
  3. Enter your UVM NetID and password, then click Connect
  4. Upon entering your credentials, you should have access to your network folder

Linux

Linux Distribution Variation

We’re unable to provide distro-specific guides due to the considerable variation of desktop environments and package management between Linux distributions.

Please use the server paths below as a reference for connecting your Linux machine to your desired network folder.

cifs://netfiles03/nameOfShare

VACC

Netfiles shares are now automatically mounted on your VACC account at /netfiles/sharename. If you are unable to access your netfiles share from the VACC please contact vacc@uvm.edu.

FAQ

How do I request new shares?

While on the dashboard page click on the link that says “Add a Share” on the left side of the page under additional resources. This will bring you to a form for requesting additional shares.

How do I request a new group?

You can use this form to request a new group be created to manage access to your share.

How do I increase my quota?

While viewing the dashboard page click on the link that says “Increase Quota“. This will bring you to a form for requesting quota increases or adding additional shares. Please consult this page for information on pricing.

How do I change my share name?

If you need to change the name of your share please contact saa@uvm.edu.

What are snapshots?

Snapshots are point in time backups of your files. They are taken every morning around 12 AM. Snapshots are counted towards your total quota, however a 20% buffer is automatically added to your quota to account for these. By default they are kept for 30 days, however you can change the duration in the share settings menu.

Can I change the interval at which snapshots are taken?

Currently users are not able to change the backup interval.

How do I restore files from a snapshot?

macOS or Linux Users

If you are accessing netfiles from macOS or Linux, or need all files in a directory restored from a snapshot contact saa@uvm.edu.

If you are a Windows user and only need to restore a single file, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the damaged file or the folder that contained a deleted file. From the menu that appears, select Properties.
  2. From the window that appears, select the Previous Versions tab.
    • Select the folder that would have contained the deleted file. (e.g., if the file was deleted this morning, select the spanshot from last night (very early this morning)).
    • Click the Open button to open a version of the folder as it existed at that time. (Avoid the Restore button, which will overwrite your current folder with the folder as it existed at the selected time.)
    • Find the deleted file in the read-only window (identified by the time stamp in the window title), and copy it to the desired location.

The selected file should now be restored.

Updated on June 23, 2022

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